Jack Wilshere was given a straight red card as Arsenal beat Manchester City 4-3 in their second Premier League 2 fixture of the season.
The England international raised his hands as he reacted to a late challenge on him in the second half and after a further scuffle was given his marching orders along with City’s Wilson.
The incident marred a decent performance by the 25-year-old who was tidy on the ball throughout and helped himself to an assist before the break.
— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) August 21, 2017
The Gunners raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to early strikes by Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah. The former, a star of the first team’s pre-season friendlies, hammered home a low shot from the edge of the box, the latter, another who has also caught Arsene Wenger’s eye, finished off from close range following dynamic play by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
City reduced the deficit with a header before Wilshere fed Nketiah who coolly slotted home his second. Nelson grabbed his brace early in the second half to make it 4-1 before Wilshere’s red upset the balance of play.
Diaz scored for the visitors on the angle to make it 4-2 then Nmecha netted a penalty, given for a foul by Bielik, to set up a nervy finish. Nelson and Nketiah had chances to kill the game off in the closing stages but the quality of their earlier finishing deserted them.